WhatsApp introduces new “WhatsApp Status” feature similar to Snapchat and Instagram

WhatsApp will be celebrating it's 8th anniversary later this week on 24th February.

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WhatsApp has officially introduced ‘WhatsApp Status’ feature for all it’s users. This Snapchat stories like feature was in testing from quite some time and last week the company had rolled it out to it’s WhatsApp beta users.

WhatsApp will be completing eight years on February 24 and ahead of it’s 8th birthday, the company has announced the new ‘WhatsApp Status’ feature and it will be rolled out gradually. Just like WhatsApp chats, the status updates are also end-to-end encrypted.

“We are excited to announce that, coinciding with WhatsApp’s 8th birthday on February 24, we are reinventing the status feature. Starting today, we are rolling out an update to status, which allows you to share images and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp in an easy and secure way. Yes, even your status updates are end-to-end encrypted,” said WhatsApp CEO & Co-Founder, Jan Koum in a blogpost.

What is ‘WhatsApp Status’?

Similar to Snapchat and Instagram stories, ‘WhatsApp Status’ also allows you to share images and videos with your friends and contacts on WhatsApp. Each status update on WhatsApp will get disappeared after 24 hours, which can’t be access after that.

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The company had recently rolled out ‘Two-step verification’ feature for all it’s users. It is an optional feature that adds an extra layer of protection to WhatsApp user side. Upon enabling the two-step verification, WhatsApp will ask you to put in six-digit passcode followed by an email address, which is required in case if you forget the passcode.

(Must Read : How to enable WhatsApp two-step verification on Android and iPhone)